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Crackdown on improper use of Calif. welfare cards

November 2, 2010 5:41:44 AM PDT
It didn't take a crystal ball to predict the latest crackdown on improper use of the state's welfare debit cards.

Governor Schwarzenegger says the cards can no longer be used to pay for psychic readings, marijuana shops and other businesses he feels are "inconsistent with the intent of the program."

In a letter to county welfare officials throughout the state, the governor also blocked use of the welfare card in bingo halls, tattoo parlors, cruise ships and bail bond businesses.

In June, reports surfaced that the cards were being used at casinos in California. That's when the governor issued his first ban.


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